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49 of the most popular drugs saw patient and insurer costs rise between 2012 and 2017, study finds

June 17, 2019


The median total costs insurers and patients paid for the 49 most popular prescription drugs in the United States, by sales, increased between 2012 and 2017, with many of those costs increasing more than twofold, according to a recent study.

CMS OKs Washington's 'subscription' payment model for hepatitis C drugs

June 14, 2019


CMS on Wednesday approved Washington's plan to negotiate value-based drug agreements with the makers of hepatitis C treatments under a subscription-like model.

CMS wants to know: How can it reduce clinicians' administrative burdens?

June 11, 2019


CMS on Thursday issued a request for information seeking new recommendations on how the agency can continue to help reduce administrative burdens on providers and lower health care costs.

California poised to expand Medicaid to 90,000 undocumented adults

June 10, 2019


California lawmakers on Sunday reached an agreement on a state budget bill that would make the state the first to provide full health insurance benefits to certain undocumented adults.

This nurse is reducing hospital waste—and it could save $30K per year

June 5, 2019


Tami Ochs, a behavioral health nurse at Atlantic Health's Overlook Medical Center, realized she could find a smarter way to make disposable bags used to hold emergency department patients' belongings—and her revolution could save her hospital up to $30,000 annually.

Utah unveils proposal to implement per-capita caps in Medicaid

June 4, 2019


Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Friday unveiled a proposal to establish per-person spending caps and seek enhanced federal funding for the state's partial Medicaid expansion.

The 'secret' to lower health care costs, according to Mount Sinai’s CEO and a former policymaker

May 30, 2019


In the U.S. debate about how to rein in health care spending, "we're missing a critical piece of the puzzle," Kenneth Davis, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System, and Robert Rubin, former secretary of the Department of Treasury, write in a New York Times opinion piece.

Colorado becomes the first state to cap insulin out-of-pocket costs

May 29, 2019


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) last week signed into law a bill that will cap out-of-pocket insulin costs for Colorado residents with diabetes at $100 per month.

HHS proposal would rescind Obama-era protections for transgender individuals

May 28, 2019


HHS on Friday issued a proposed rule that would roll back a regulation issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals.

How would single-payer impact health care costs and quality? It's not clear, CBO says.

May 24, 2019


Congressional Budget Office officials this week told House Budget Committee members that there currently are too many unknowns surrounding a single-payer health care system to determine how such a system would affect insurance rates and government spending, but any transition to single-payer would be "complicated."

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